Westfield Rotary was founded in 1921 and is a non-denominational service organization of professional women and men who live or work in the Westfield area. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. One of 33, 000 clubs in 160 countries worldwide that make up Rotary International, the Westfield Rotary is the largest provider of scholarships to Westfield students, a major contributor to community grants as well as several international projects. They meet 50 weeks per year at 12:15 to 1:30 for lunch and a program at the Westfield Area Y, 220 Clark Street in the 2nd floor Kellogg room and they welcome guests to join them at any of their weekly meetings.
Anyone interested in attending a program, speaking or learning more about Rotary in Westfield, may contact Ray Kostyack, President @ (908) 789-7834 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming programs include:
December 7 – ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS: WATER SOLUTIONS IN KENYA
Engineers without Borders - USA, dubbed the “Blueprint Brigade,” by Time Magazine, helps create a more stable and prosperous world by addressing people's basic human needs and providing necessities such as clean water, power, water / sanitation and education. The organization has grown from little more than a handful of members in 2002 to over 12,000 today, has over 350 projects in over 45 developing countries which are completed in partnership with local communities and NGOs. The Northern New Jersey chapter has partnered with the village of Kipingi in Kenya to develop a source of clean drinking water, a project which has progressed through assessment, planning and design with implementation planned for early 2011. Dave Haas, a former member of the Westfield Rotary and a member of EWB-NNJ since 2009, will offer background on this successful project of which he is a part. Dave teaches Mathematics at Fairleigh Dickinson University and represents Westfield’s third ward on the Town Council. http://www.ewb-usa.org
December 14 – YOUTH HOLIDAY CONCERT: ROOSEVELT SHARPS & FLATS
The Sharps & Flats, directed by Sabino Losco, is an extra-curricular singing group made up of select audition group students from Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield. Touring frequently both in and outside of the school district, the ensemble will sing a collection of seasonal favorites. A perfect way to get into the holiday spirit!
December 21 – ROTARIAN CONCERT: HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD
Nearly everyone around the globe celebrates this time of year and whether it be Christmas, Hanukah, Eid, Kwanzaa, one thing holidays have in common is the joy of song. What better way to celebrate than a concert by Rotarians for Rotarians? Dr Ted Schlossberg, Founder and Executive Director of NJ Workshop of the Arts based in Westfield, will direct a special concert consisting of traditional and contemporary songs from around the world and featuring Rotarians Ron Swist on guitar, Liz Ensslin on Oboe, Phil Rinaldi on Sax, and a few surprises.